Reading groups' top titles

18th September 1998 at 01:00
based on a straw poll

* Captain Corelli's Mandolin. by Louis de Bernieres. (Minerva Pounds 6. 99).

In one week in August alone, this book sold 6,000 copies - and probably almost as many packages to Greek islands.

* Angela's Ashes. by Frank McCourt. (Flamingo Pounds 7.99).

A jubliantly heroic account of a family that survives grinding poverty in the slums of Limerick, or a dose of mawkish sentimentality, depending on who you ask.

* Birdsong. by Sebastian Faulks.

(Vintage Pounds 6.99). Tear-jerking traumas of the Western Front in the middle volume of Faulks's trilogy.

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